Internationally recognized wood fired artist Peter Callas to lecture in Bakersville

Peter Calla
On July 7 at 5pm Crimson Laurel Gallery will host a lecture by internationally recognized ceramic sculptor Peter Callas at the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse in downtown Bakersville, NC. The lecture will include an overview of Peter’s 40 year career, his 23 year collaboration with Peter Voulkos and a discussion of “Serendipity: An International Exhibition of Wood Fired Sculptural Ceramics” that opens on July 1. Andrew Glasgow, the retired executive director of the American Craft Council, will introduce Peter and offer opening remarks.

“Serendipity: An International Exhibition of Wood Fired Sculptural Ceramics” will feature fourteen artists from five countries and also includes a functional element that features eight exceptional wood fired ceramic artists . This exhibition is curated by Asheville NC sculptor Eric Knoche. Eric’s goal for this exhibition is to present a group of artists from across the spectrum of wood fired sculptural ceramics never before seen in this part of the world. He is particularly interested in how various artists have adapted the wood fired patina to their own sculptural work.
The sculptural artists included in this exhibition include Ted Adler, Mary Bowron, Joy Brown, Peter Callas, Jason Hess, Eric Knoche, Tim Rowan, Mat Rude and Jeff Shapiro from the United States, Neil Hoffman from Australia, Nina Hole and Ann-Charlotte Ohlson from Denmark, Koichiro Isezaki from Japan and Michal Puszczynski from Poland. The functional artists include Chris Campbell, JD Jorgenson, Lucien Koonce, Simon Levin, John Martelle, Dan Murphy, Tara Wilson and Shumpei Yamaki.
Tim Rowan
The exhibition will open on July 1 and remain through August 31. Please join us for an artist’s reception at 6pm on July 7th. Crimson Laurel Gallery following the Peter Callas lecture which takes place at 5pm. The exhibition can be seen and purchased online. For more information call 828-688-3599 or online at

Rest in Peace John Reeve

John Reeve passed away yesterday.

Born in 1929 in Ontario, Canada apprenticed with Bernard Leach in England 1958 to 1961.

“I make pots, and am forever fascinated by forms in space, by the way
that potters (including myself) make things with their hands, by the
subsequent use of pottery in the ordinary and extraordinary ceremonies
of living”.

via Jon Cullum on Facebook



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